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2021-2022 DEPARTMENT OF NAVY MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY

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SUBJ/2021-2022 DEPARTMENT OF NAVY MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY// 
 
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AMPN/REF A IS THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMO MANDATING 
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 VACCINATION FOR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SERVICE 
MEMBERS// 
 
RMKS/1.  Protecting the health of the force and warfighting readiness is of 
paramount importance.  I thank and applaud all of you who have become fully 
vaccinated.  Your action helps to ensure the health and safety of you, your 
family, your shipmates, and your mission. 
 
2.  Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) adversely impacts Department of the 
Navy (DON) force readiness and mission execution.  Disease models indicate 
that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus 
that causes COVID-19, will continue to spread throughout 2021. 
 
3.  Vaccination is the most effective tool we have to prevent widespread 
manifestation of COVID-19 in our force.  Within the last year, millions of 
Americans have received approved COVID-19 vaccines in response to this 
emergency.  One of the approved vaccines has received full licensure from the 
Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  This licensure approval provides 
additional confidence and comfort in the safety of the most effective tool we 
have in our arsenal against this threat.  Considering this threat to the 
health and readiness of Service Members, vaccination against COVID-19 using a 
vaccine that has received full licensure from the FDA is now a mandatory 
requirement in accordance with reference (a).  Additional implementation 
guidance will be issued via Navy and Marine Corps administrative message. 
 
4.  As the faithful maritime protectors of our country in peacetime and war, 
each of us must take ownership of our readiness to preserve and protect the 
force, and ensure the success of our mission.  Effective immediately, all DON 
active duty Service Members, who are not already vaccinated or exempted, are 
required to be fully vaccinated within 90 days and all Reserve Component 
Service Members are required to be fully vaccinated within 120 days of this 
issuance with an FDA approved vaccination against COVID-19.  Service Members 
voluntarily immunized with a COVID-19 vaccine under FDA Emergency Use 
Authorization or World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing in 
accordance with applicable dose requirements prior to, or after, the 
establishment of this policy are considered fully vaccinated.  Service 
Members who are actively participating in COVID-19 clinical trials are 
exempted from mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 until the trial is 
complete in order to avoid invalidating such clinical trial results. 
 
5.  The order to obtain full vaccination is a lawful order, and failure to 
comply is punishable as a violation of a lawful order under Article 92, 
Uniform Code of Military Justice, and may result in punitive or adverse 
administrative action or both.  The Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant 
of the Marine Corps have authority to exercise the full range of 
administrative and disciplinary actions to hold non-exempt Service Members 
appropriately accountable.  This may include, but is not limited to, removal 
of qualification for advancement, promotions, reenlistment, or continuation, 
consistent with existing regulations, or otherwise considering vaccination 
status in personnel actions as appropriate. 
 
6.  Additional guidance will be provided with regard to reporting 
requirements of vaccination numbers on a weekly basis to Assistant Secretary 
of the Navy (Manpower & Reserve Affairs). 
 
7.  Released by the Honorable Carlos Del Toro Secretary of the Navy.// 
 
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